“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)
I was meditating on the book of Haggai the prophet. The Lord through Haggai spoke to the remnant, the faithful few. Even though they had their heart for the Lord, their time and resources were being more focused on earthly things and personal interests. This left the temple of the Lord in ruins and a far cry compared to its formal glory.
The Lord rebuked the people through this prophet and warned them several times by punishing them via lack of field produce but they kept on going with their lives without repenting and turning from their old ways.
Even though the book of Haggai was written more than 2500 years ago, it is still valid for today. Paul states that now all those who accepted Jesus as their Lord and Saviour are the temples in which the Holy spirit dwells.
In view of this, it is imperative to question: Since we are now the temple of God, where is our main focus in life?
Is God a scheduled slot in our weekly agenda or is He the foundation of our agenda?
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)
Let’s face it, most of us are leading ‘crazy’ lives, with a tight schedule which barely gives us time to think, let alone insert other tasks in life. This kind of lifestyle can easily lead us into the path of perdition and therefore it is of utmost importance that we periodically self examine ourselves by stopping and reflect about our lives. We need to question whether the daily tasks that we are so busy doing are giving the fruit that will last for eternity or whether they are a temporary fix to get along in this life.
As Christians we have to remember that even though we are in this world, we do not belong to it. Therefore spending all our time and possessions to make ourselves comfortable and live a satisfactory life is like renting an apartment and spend all your money to refurbish it, knowing that as soon as the rent is over you have to give it back to the owner. Would you dare to do such a thing? I do not think so.
Certain daily tasks are unavoidable and have to be done such as work, taking care of the family, etc. The bible does not tell us to avoid doing these tasks, on the contrary it encourages us to excel in them, giving our best as if we are doing it unto the Lord.
Doing all things for the glory of God, is what we are born again for, never neglecting the intimate time spent with the Lord, which should be the fuel source of our being.
I will end us with a famous quote by Martin Luther:
“I have so much to do that I will spend my first three hours in prayer.”